Immigration news today 13 April 2024

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Latino brothers create beer inspired by their culture and values

Voice of America - April 12, 2024

Two Latino brothers, inspired by their cultural heritage and family values, have launched a craft beer that reflects their roots and traditions. This venture has not only allowed the brothers to connect with their identity, but has also served to promote diversity and inclusion in the beer industry, traditionally dominated by large corporations. The beer has been well received, symbolizing a bridge between cultures and generating a positive dialogue about the importance of cultural representation in all sectors.

Emma was separated from her children for 12 years because she was deported. Now she helps other mothers

Telemundo News - April 12th, 2024

Emma Sanchez, after being deported and separated from her children for 12 years due to her illegal immigration status in the U.S., is now a citizen and works with Dreamers Moms. She helps mothers in similar situations reconnect with their families and navigate the complex immigration process. This initiative not only supports deported mothers, but also raises awareness about the severe consequences of current immigration policies and promotes changes to protect the rights of immigrants.

We found the father of the migrant baby rescued in the jungle and told him about it | Telemundo News

Telemundo News - April 12th, 2024

Keiler, a 4-year-old boy, was taken through the dangerous Darien jungle by a migrant at the request of his mother, who could no longer stay with him. Telemundo News located his father in Dallas and informed him that his son was safe. This emotional reunion highlights the harsh realities of migration and the impact of family separation due to arduous migratory routes. Keiler's story underscores the need for support and safety for children in these extreme conditions.

Undocumented Worker from Guatemala in the Hamptons

The New York Times - April 12, 2024

In the Hamptons, a region known for its opulence and summer retreats for the wealthy, life for undocumented workers like Juan (not his real name), a young man from Guatemala, contrasts sharply. Juan works in construction and landscaping, performing the hardest labor that sustains the splendor of this area. Without legal documents, he faces constant fears of deportation and labor exploitation. Despite contributing significantly to the local economy, these workers live on the margins, with little access to basic services and under constant threat of detection by authorities. This situation underscores the disparity between wealthy visitors and those who quietly labor on their properties, a dynamic hidden behind the glamorous facade of the Hamptons.

Department of Homeland Security Announces $300 Million in Direct Funding to Migrant Receiving Communities and $340 Million for a New Competitive Awards Process

U.S. Department of Homeland Security - April 12, 2024

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), has announced $300 million in grants through the Shelter and Services Program (SSP) for communities that provide services to migrants. These funds will help cover eligible costs as temporary shelter while migrants await the outcome of their immigration proceedings. In addition, an additional $340.9 million will be allocated through the competitive SSP program before the end of the fiscal year. This financial support is part of DHS' efforts to manage and secure the borders in a safe and orderly manner, complementing the enhanced consequences for those without legal grounds to remain in the U.S. and the expansion of legal channels of entry, which have helped reduce the number of encounters of certain migrant populations.

Joe Biden's Administration to Deliver $$640 Million to Help Migrants Awaiting Asylum

El Diario NY - April 12, 2024

The administration of Joe Biden has announced the allocation of $$640 million to support migrants waiting for asylum in the U.S. This funding will go to community-based organizations that provide housing and other essential services. An initial allocation of $$275 million will be distributed immediately under the Housing and Services by Allocations program. The funds will help cover the costs of temporary housing and other related expenses while asylum seekers await resolution of their cases. This measure is complemented by a competitive program that will make available an additional $340.9 million before the end of FY2024.

USCIS Announces Employment Authorization Proceedings for Palestinians Protected by Deferred Enforced Departure

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services - April 12, 2024

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has established procedures for Palestinians covered by Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) to apply for Employment Authorization Documents (EAD), valid until August 13, 2025. This announcement follows President Biden's memorandum delaying the removal of certain Palestinians and facilitating employment authorization until that date. Eligible Palestinians must file Form I-765 to apply for the EAD. In addition, a Special Student Aid notice has been introduced for F-1 Palestinian nonimmigrant F-1 students, allowing them to work more hours and reduce their course load while maintaining F-1 status during the period of the EAD.

Secretary Mayorkas Announces Ethiopia's Extension and Redesignation for Temporary Protected Status

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services - April 12, 2024

Alejandro N. Mayorkas, Secretary of Homeland Security, has announced the extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Ethiopia for 18 months, from June 13, 2024 through December 12, 2025, due to the ongoing armed conflict and extraordinary conditions in Ethiopia that prevent the safe return of its nationals. This action allows eligible Ethiopian nationals, who were in the U.S. until April 11, 2024, to apply for TPS and related employment authorization. The redesignation also allows new applicants to register for TPS and obtain employment authorization documents, ensuring protection from removal and temporary humanitarian relief.

Department of Labor Seeks Workers from 5 Poultry Companies to Turn Over $3,800,000 Recoveries

U.S. Department of Labor - April 11, 2024

The U.S. Department of Labor is seeking workers from five poultry companies in La Puente and City of Industry, CA, to distribute more than $3,800,000 in back wages and compensation recovered following a judgment against Tony Bran, owner of the companies, for violations of wage and child labor laws. The companies involved are The Exclusive Poultry, Meza Poultry, Valtierra Poultry, Sullon Poultry and Nollus's Poultry. Those affected should contact the West Covina District Office to claim wages owed. This action ensures that workers receive the compensation owed for unfair labor practices.

U.S. Department of Labor Recovers $156,000 in Benefits Denied by Libertytown, Plumbing Subcontractor, After Investigation

U.S. Department of Labor - April 9, 2024

The U.S. Department of Labor has recovered $156,000 in denied wages and benefits for 48 workers at Day C Soul Mechanical, a plumbing subcontractor in Libertytown, MD, involved in the Woodyard Station affordable housing project. This action follows a violation of the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts (DBRA), where it was found that prevailing wage rates and fringe benefits were not paid. Charles A. Klein & Sons Inc, an air conditioning contractor, paid back wages and fringe benefits following Day C Soul's denial. In addition, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development provided funding for construction of the project in Prince George's County, MD. Day C Soul Mechanical has been debarred for three years from bidding on federally funded projects.

CBP Releases March 2024 Monthly Update

U.S. Customs and Border Protection - April 12, 2024

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has issued its operational update for March 2024, highlighting a 45% decrease in encounters at the Southwest border compared to December 2023, and a 16% decrease compared to March 2023, with a total of 189,372 encounters. CBP continues to process and remove individuals without lawful basis to remain in the U.S., and has implemented the CBP One™ program to expedite and orderly admission at ports of entry. In addition, CBP has stepped up anti-drug trafficking operations, increasing fentanyl seizures by 16.1% and heroin seizures by 19.6% in March as part of its ongoing efforts to protect U.S. communities from dangerous narcotics.

U.S. Records Fewer Arrests for Illegal Southern Border Crossings

Los Angeles Times - April 12, 2024

In March, arrests for illegal crossings at the U.S. southern border decreased by 2.3% from the previous month, accounting for 137,480 apprehensions. This reduction breaks the usual trend of increases during the spring and is attributed in part to intensified enforcement efforts by Mexico, which made 240,000 migrant apprehensions in the first two months of the year. This drop in numbers represents one of the lowest in Biden's presidency, contrasting with previous arrest records and reflecting the dynamism and rapid evolution of migration routes, especially in sectors such as Tucson and the Rio Grande Valley.

ICE Conducts Single Adult and Family Unit Removal Flights on April 12

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement - April 12, 2024

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has conducted removal flights for single adults and family units from April 8-12 to various destinations including Central America, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico and Peru. These actions are part of regular operations to process and remove noncitizens without lawful basis to remain in the U.S. According to reports, from May 12, 2023 through March 20, 2024, DHS has removed or returned more than 630,000 individuals, mostly across the southwest border. These operations ensure that individuals are assessed and processed in an orderly and humane manner, respecting U.S. laws and international obligations.

ERO Washington D.C. Removals Mexican Fugitive Wanted for Kidnapping and Drug Trafficking

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement - April 12, 2024

Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) in Washington D.C. has deported Francisco De Leon-Martinez, a 49-year-old Mexican national wanted in Mexico on kidnapping and drug trafficking charges. De Leon-Martinez, who illegally re-entered the U.S. after being deported in 2008, was turned over to Mexican authorities on April 10 after completing his U.S. sentence for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine. This action underscores ERO's commitment to public safety and international cooperation in managing transnational threats.

ERO Boston Arrests Brazilian National Accused of Multiple Sex Crimes Against Minors

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement - April 12, 2024

ERO Boston has arrested a 53-year-old Brazilian national in Revere, Massachusetts, on charges of multiple sex crimes against minors. The individual, who had illegally re-entered the U.S. after being voluntarily deported in 2008, was arrested near his residence on March 28. This arrest underscores ERO's mission to identify and remove non-citizens who compromise the security and integrity of U.S. immigration laws, especially those involved in serious crimes such as child sex crimes.

Special Passport Acceptance Fairs

U.S. Department of State - April 12, 2024

The U.S. Department of State is hosting passport acceptance fairs across the country to help citizens, especially first-time applicants and children, apply for their passports efficiently. These events are held at facilities such as post offices, libraries, and local government offices, and are designed to facilitate the application process using Form DS-11. The events are updated weekly, and the facilities offer both routine and expedited services, but do not issue passports directly; they forward applications to the Department of State for processing.

Joint Statement on Strengthening Cooperation in the Digital Economy Between the United States of America and the Republic of Costa Rica

U.S. Department of State - April 11, 2024

The United States and Costa Rica have announced a strategic commitment to develop a digital infrastructure that is open, interoperable, reliable and secure. This agreement was highlighted during the 5G Regional Networking Workshop in San Jose, hosted by the U.S. Discussions focused on improving digital connectivity and cybersecurity, and supporting innovation in the digital economies of both countries. Both nations are committed to collaborate on diversifying telecommunications providers, exploring technologies such as Open RAN for 4G/5G networks, and fostering research and development in 5G and 6G technologies. In addition, they seek to strengthen the governance of artificial intelligence and share best practices for cloud infrastructure and the use of unlicensed spectrum to support wireless connectivity.

White House Confirms Consideration of Border Closure for Immigration Control

La Opinión - April 12, 2024

The White House, through spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre, has confirmed that it is evaluating the possibility of closing the border to control the flow of migrants, based on Section 212(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act. This measure would allow President Biden to suspend the entry of foreigners if deemed detrimental to the interests of the U.S. Currently, the border would be closed if the immigration flow exceeds 5,000 migrants per day. This policy is being considered while a bipartisan border security bill is stalled in Congress, which would include additional funding and new policies for asylum and other immigrant protections.

Tennessee Approves Police to Assist Immigration Authorities; Warns of Potential Abuses

Los Angeles Times - April 12, 2024

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee has signed into law a bill requiring state law enforcement agencies to cooperate with federal immigration authorities to identify, apprehend and deport individuals present in the country without legal authorization. The measure, which will take effect July 1, has been criticized by immigration advocates as vague and potentially prone to abuse against immigrant families. The law not only seeks to strengthen immigration enforcement but also to respond to state security mandates in a context of nationally polarized immigration politics.

Tennessee signs law allowing local authorities to report immigration status of individuals

Univision News - April 12, 2024

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee has signed new legislation authorizing local agencies to report the immigration status of detained individuals. This measure seeks to allow police officers to verify and report immigration status to state authorities. Republican Senator Brent Taylor emphasized that the purpose of this law is to strengthen immigration security and regulation within the state. The immigrant community expresses concern and fear due to the possible violation of civil rights.

Iowa's anti-immigrant law: how will it affect undocumented immigrants in that state?

Univision News - April 12, 2024

Iowa has implemented a new anti-immigrant law, similar to those already in place in Florida and Texas, which will go into effect on July 1. This legislation, enacted by Governor Kim Reynolds, could have severe repercussions for undocumented immigrants in the state, affecting their access to services and increasing detentions. The immigrant community and human rights advocates express concern and criticize the law as a measure that promotes discrimination and fear.

Migrant claims he was wrongfully arrested in Yonkers, New York shelter

Univision News - April 12, 2024

In Yonkers, New York, a recent incident at a shelter culminated in the arrest of Kent Arnal, a Venezuelan migrant, on allegations of violent behavior. Arnal, however, maintains that his arrest was unjust and that he was simply demanding his food rights. This case has drawn attention to the conditions and treatment of immigrants in certain reception centers, generating debates about human rights and justice for migrants in the United States.

Former Ambassador Victor Manuel Rocha Sentenced to 15 Years in Jail for Espionage for Cuba

Tiempo Latino - April 12, 2024

Victor Manuel Rocha, a former U.S. ambassador of Colombian origin, was sentenced to 15 years in prison for espionage activities on behalf of Cuba. In a plea agreement, Rocha admitted to spying for 40 years and, as part of the agreement, must pay a fine of $500,000 and cooperate with U.S. authorities. He was charged with acting as an illegal agent of a foreign government and faced multiple charges, including wire fraud and passport misuse. His capture came after he confessed his activities to an undercover FBI agent. Rocha held diplomatic posts in several U.S. embassies in Latin America, where he compromised U.S. security by benefiting Cuba.


Migrants in Chihuahua denounce abuses by authorities: "We are not animals".

Univision News - April 12, 2024

Migrants in Chihuahua, Mexico, have set up temporary camps as they attempt to continue their journey to the United States. However, they report systematic abuses by local immigration authorities, who prevent them from moving forward and frequently confiscate their belongings. This situation has led migrants to call for humane treatment, insisting that they deserve respect and justice, regardless of their immigration status. This testimony reinforces the urgent need for fairer and more humane migration policies.

No labor equity for women in the world, says the World Bank

Voice of America - April 12, 2024

The World Bank has issued a report revealing the persistent employment equity gap for women worldwide. Despite some progress, differences in employment opportunities and working conditions between genders remain significant. The report highlights that no country offers complete equality of opportunity, which implies a global call to intensify efforts to address these inequalities and promote a fairer work environment for women.

He invited eight strangers to his house for dinner and this is what happened.

Voice of America - April 12, 2024

In an effort to combat loneliness and foster community, a Latino resident in Washington DC invited eight strangers to his home for dinner. This simple yet powerful gesture facilitated new friendships and cultural dialogues, reflecting how acts of kindness and openness can transform loneliness into connection and mutual understanding. This event not only enriched the host's social life, but also inspired others to consider similar gestures in the city considered the loneliest in the US.

New York delivery drivers denounce decrease in tips after minimum wage hike

Univision News - April 12, 2024

Food delivery drivers in New York have faced a reduction in tips received following the recent passage of the minimum wage increase to nearly $20 per hour. Ligia Guallpa, of the Worker's Justice Project, complains that platforms such as DoorDash and Uber have modified the tipping option, placing it at the end of the ordering process, which confuses consumers and reduces the visibility of tips. This situation has raised concerns among delivery drivers, who feel that the wage increase has come with new financial hardship.

Germany: Payment Cards Approved for Asylum Seekers; Seeks to Limit Cash Payments

Los Angeles Times - April 12, 2024

The German Parliament has passed a law to provide payment cards to asylum seekers, with the aim of limiting cash payments and controlling the sending of money out of Germany. The measure, which will begin to be implemented in November, aims to make Germany less attractive to migrants by restricting the amount of cash they can withdraw and use, thus promoting greater traceability and control over financial resources destined for asylum seekers. The law will also make it easier to deport those whose asylum applications are rejected, reflecting a general tightening of immigration policy in response to the significant increase in asylum applications in the country.

Café hires waiters with Down Syndrome to set an example of inclusion

Voice of America - April 12, 2024

An innovative coffee shop in Medellín has hired waiters with Down syndrome, setting a remarkable precedent for the inclusion of people with disabilities in the workplace. This initiative not only provides meaningful employment opportunities but also promotes social integration and respect within the community, demonstrating that effective inclusion benefits both individuals and society at large. This approach has received praise and serves as a model for other companies to follow.

The Panamanian pollera, a tradition on the verge of decline

Voice of America - April 12, 2024

The pollera, Panama's typical costume of Spanish origin, is made by a small but dedicated group of artisans. Despite its beauty and cultural significance, this tradition faces the risk of disappearance due to modernization and the decrease in the number of craftswomen who master this complex technique. This costume, which has inspired generations, symbolizes Panamanian cultural identity and its possible extinction marks a critical moment for the preservation of the country's artisan traditions.

Antibiotic-free fish farming

DW English - April 12, 2024

In a significant breakthrough for fish farming, researchers in Peru have begun producing fish vaccines as a sustainable alternative to conventional antibiotic use. This innovation not only promotes healthier and more environmentally friendly aquaculture, but also ensures the protection of aquatic ecosystems and public health. Experts stress that these vaccines could define the future of the industry, providing an effective solution for disease prevention in aquaculture environments without compromising environmental integrity.

Aquaculture, employment and tourism in Costa Rica

DW English - April 12, 2024

In Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica, a group of women lead a floating restaurant that not only serves fish and shrimp from their own aquaculture, but also promotes sustainable tourism and marine conservation. This project empowers local women through employment and participation in the blue economy, while promoting responsible fishing practices. This integrated approach contributes significantly to environmental protection and tourism attraction in the region.

What's next in the diplomatic crisis between Mexico and Ecuador?

CNN in English - April 12, 2024

The recent raid by the Ecuadorian National Police on the Mexican embassy in Quito to arrest former Vice President Jorge Glas has triggered a serious diplomatic conflict. Mexico has responded with a formal complaint before the International Court of Justice, demanding a public apology from Ecuador and its temporary suspension from the United Nations. This unprecedented case could have profound implications for international diplomatic relations and respect for the sovereignty of diplomatic spaces.

Javier Milei confirmed as Elon Musk's main ally in Latin America

DW English - April 12, 2024

Argentine President Javier Milei, during his meeting with Elon Musk in Austin, Texas, reaffirmed his commitment to free market policies. At the Tesla factory, the two discussed strategies to eliminate bureaucratic barriers to investment, especially in the lithium sector, which is vital for the production of electric batteries and abundant in Argentina. This meeting underscores the ideological alignment between Milei and Musk and highlights Argentina's strategic role in the global supply chain of green technologies.

Former Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa sued for treason

Voice of America - April 12, 2024

Rafael Correa, former president of Ecuador, has been criminally charged with treason, stemming from his comments about diplomatic incidents at the Mexican embassy in Quito. This allegation reflects significant tensions within the Ecuadorian political landscape and could have severe legal consequences for Correa. The indictment underscores the divisive climate and governance challenges in Ecuador, amid debates over the protection of national rights and sovereignty.


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